On a number of occasions I have seen or heard comments from a minority of people, claiming that because they don’t like a SNP Government policy, or because of something Alex Salmond has said or been accused of, that they will not vote for Scottish Independence.
There may even be a few reports or actual issues or consultations which will get some people hot and bothered, and if they don’t like the perceived direction of an agenda they immediately trash the idea of Independence. I have even seen the odd one creeping into my blog comments.
The fact of the matter is, these people are not generally in favour of Independence in the first place, or they wouldn’t be throwing their rattles out of the pram at every small opportunity.
I may not like Alex Salmond, or be an SNP supporter, (I do actually, but lets say I didn’t) but why should that preclude me from, or Influence me against supporting Scottish Independence? Independence is a basic human right, It is an Ideal, not a policy or an issue.
Alex Salmond is not the only person who supports Independence
The SNP do not have a Copyrite on the Ideal.
Not all so called Cybernats belong to the SNP,many do not.
When Independence does happen, as I believe it will, the SNP will not be the Scottish Government forever. In fact our whole political system will most likely change, including the current SNP itself.
There may well be big changes in how this country does politics, and I for one hope that happens, giving our people more of a direct say in how this country is run.
There will be new political parties grown from the ones we have at the moment, and perhaps groups we have no inkling of at the moment.
Whatever the current big issues are, will become history and new ones pertaining to an Independent Scotland will take their place.
We will have a brand new slate to work from, and it will be up to us how we fill that slate, and what with, for it will be our slate.
Our current state of being is Dependence rather than Independence. It is a diametrically opposite concept, where we are Dependent on a UK Government in our neighbouring Country deciding what we can or cannot do, how we live and how prosperous or poor that we are. It centralises all major decisions in London, and demands all our revenue goes there before it decides how much we can have back. We are at the mercy of its decisions on our economy, nations health, warfare,welfare, and all major aspects of our lives, other than that which it allows us to do for ourselves.
We have little representation in its parliament at any time,irrespective if some of our politicians become Government ministers or even Prime Ministers, we have a small fraction of its membership in what is supposed to be an equal union, because we are a much less populated country.
But even should we choose to exercise the same rights of Independence which almost every other country takes as a matter of course, It does not mean we will suddenly become remarkably wealthy,or even even worse off,we will be whatever we achieve and create for ourselves, much like what we make of our own personal lives normally.Our success or failures will be of our own efforts and designs as it should be. It is called taking responsibility.
According to calculations we have had an abundance on natural resources for many years, which we were told we did not have. We can expect that these natural resources will continue for a good many years yet, our oil has as much again as what has been taken out so far, but even after that eventually goes between 50 and a hundred years time, we have many more resources to develop which will provide for us. Very few countries in the world have the resources or potential we have.
Even if we didn’t have all we have, we would do reasonably well on a Global scale. It will never be the Land of Milk and Honey, but it will be our land to shape how we wish, to create the society we wish, to allow us to create confidence and opportunities for our children once more, without going with a begging bowl to London and struggling to defend the health, rights,laws,Education and social welfare of the youngest to our eldest in our Scottish society.
Independence gives us the basic human right to choose how we will, without the dependence on those who have different values, goals and distribution of societal wealth than ourselves over ruling us.
The SNP may say that an Independent Scotland will retain the monarchy, be part of Nato, share a currency agreement with England, or whatever they like, but it need not remain so.
Once we are Independent, we may decide that none of these are to our liking, and therefore change them.
But we have to become Independent first!
There will have to be initial plans set in place before we become Independent, and the SNP Government is the vehicle of choice for most Scots Nationalists to do so, and thus we let them get on with it, and like them or not, like Alex Salmond or not, we get behind them to achieve what is our major Ideal and goal.
Once we have our Independence, we the people of Scotland can do with it what we will, and it will be our choice, nobody elses, to make.
The Unionists, particularly Labour, will continue with their hot air, faux outrage, and personal attacks of no substance on Alex Salmond and the SNP…..But lets remind them that the majority of people in Scotland do not belong to their party, nor any political party, and we will not have them telling us who we can or cannot vote for, nor that Scotlands Independence belongs to anyone else other than the people of Scotland. So if they attack those that wish it, they are attacking a large proportion of who matter most.
Independence is Ours, not any political party.
Deny our Right and our Sovereignty at your peril.